Spike and the Impalers play all-ages show Saturday in Edmonds

  • Thu Feb 9th, 2012 8:49am
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

The popular local band Spike and the Impalers returns to Edmonds Center for the Arts on Saturday for the fourth consecutive year.

It’s the one concert each year that this cover band plays to an all-ages crowd.

Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers and his sidekick, Spike O’Neil, front this band that romps through familiar hits.

Since the band is a passion and not a vocation, it typically plays for fun at local casinos, including a recurring gig each summer at the Tulalip Amphitheatre. Those shows are reserved for 21-and-over crowds, so the Edmonds show is an opportunity for younger fans.

Spike and the Impalers began six years ago when listeners persuaded O’Neil that he sounded really good singing classic hits.

The gang from the popular “Bob Rivers” radio show decided to start playing clubs and they’ve been successful ever since.

O’Neill takes the lead vocals, Rivers plays keyboards while drummer Jeff Kathan and bassist Lynn Sorensen of The Paul Rogers Band back them up. Guitarist Aaron Balsley joined the band after winning a local talent search.

Expect lots of fun and special guests.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Tickets are $30 to $40 at www.ec4arts.org or 425-275-9595.

Lake Stevens church The House brings two young Christian musicians to the Historic Everett Theatre tonight for a concert.

Trip Lee, 24, is a hip-hop rapper from D.C. His songs have soared on the Billboard Christian and Gospel charts.

Armed with a acoustic guitar, alt-rocker Jimmy Needham, 26, also has made a name for himself on the Christian music circuit.

They are traveling the country on the “Grace Amazing” tour.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets cost $15, or $25 for a meet and greet. Buy tickets at www.experiencethehouse.com/tripjimmy.html or 425-334-9422 or at the door.

Saturday night the Hometown Hootenanny returns to the Historic Everett Theatre for its annual bluegrass show.

Northern Departure, a young bluegrass band born in Snohomish County, joins Runaway Train for some “high-energy, toe-tapping” music.

The show also will include “old-timey” acoustic music by the Canote Brothers. Don’t be surprised to see washboards, cigar boxes and a pair of spoons in action when the Beehive Juggernauts take the stage.

The Hootenanny gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military, $5 for kids 12 and under, at the box office.

Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, does its best to bring the sounds of the famed pop band to life on stage.

The band “delivers a high energy performance that showcases all the hallmarks of the Journey sound — soaring lead vocals, lush four-part harmonies, signature guitar licks, fat keyboards, and driving rhythms,” according to their promotional material.

They’re a spin-off of the “The Radical Revolution,” another tribute band.

They say they’re on their way to becoming one of the Northwest’s favorite cover bands.

Stone in Love is joined by The My My Hey Heys.

The all-ages concert starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, The Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. UW students get $2 off. Buy tickets at stgpresent.org or 877-784-4849